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Dr Justine Pizzo PhD, MA, BA

Lecturer in British Literature 1837 - 1939

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Dr Justine Pizzo is Lecturer in British Literature, 1837 to 1939 at the University of Southampton. She specialises in the Victorian period with a particular emphasis on the novel, female characterisation, and intersections of literature and climate.

I completed my master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles before joining English at Southampton in 2015.

My current research focuses on the relationship between literary atmospheres (fog, mist, rain and haze) and female characterisation in the Victorian novel. In addition to working on a monograph provisionally titled The Character of Climate: Women and Atmosphere in Victorian Fiction, I have published and edited research on the work of Charlotte Brontë and other nineteenth- and early twentieth-century novelists (including Charles Dickens, Dorothy Richardson, and Virginia Woolf). My teaching and research interests also focus on the work of influential and sometimes lesser-known women writers.

As Co-head of Undergraduate Admissions in English, I also speak about the discipline at Open Days for prospective applicants and Applicant Days for offer holders.


BA, English, Vassar College 2000

MA, English, University of California, Los Angeles 2009

PhD, English, University of California, Los Angeles 2014

Appointments held

Lecturer in British Literature, 1837–1939 (permanent), University of Southampton 2015–present

Lecturer in English, University of California, Los Angeles 2014–15

Research interests

Victorian Environments, the work of Lucas Malet, Brontë studies

PhD Supervision

Co-supervisor (with Mary Hammond). Katie Holdway, Department of English, Wolfson Scholar. ‘Pickwick in the Papers: Dickens and the Politics of Appropriation in the Newspaper Press, 1836-1900’ 2018–present.

Lead Supervisor (with Emma Clery). Kerry Parker, Department of English. ‘The Bad Marriage Novels of Lady Charlotte Bury’ 2018–present.

PhD Research

Ph.D., English, University of California, Los Angeles, December 2014

“Solid Air: Victorian Atmosphere and Female Character in British Fiction”

Co-chairs: Distinguished Professor Joseph Bristow and Professor Jonathan Grossman

Funding Bodies: Department of English, Graduate Division and Dean’s Pauley Fellowship for Graduate Study, University of California, Los Angeles

Affiliate research group

Victorian Ecologies

Co-head Undergraduate Admissions for English 2018–present

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Book Chapters

  • Module convenor: The Novel (year one); Women Writers Remixed (year two); Nineteenth-Century Literature (year three); MA special projects (PGT programmes)
  • Dissertation supervisor (year three)
  • Lecturer on Victorian Bestsellers (year three)
  • Lecturer on MA module Approaches to the Long Nineteenth Century (1789–1914)
  • MA thesis supervisor
  • PGR supervisor
  • American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
  • Higher Education Academy UK, Fellow (HEA)
  • Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (INCS)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)
  • Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research (SCNR)
  • Vcologies (a caucus of NAVSA)
Dr Justine Pizzo
Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number : 65/2003

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